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By: plapman , 12:42 PM GMT on July 05, 2014
Story and photo from portageonline.com
Premier Greg Selinger says the flood forecast is looking much worse than initially anticipated. Earlier in the day Selinger declared a provincial state of emergency as concerns over flooding across southern Manitoba. The premier says since their initial announcement, things have become much worse and they're preparing to breach Hoop and Holler bend.
"We are now looking at a higher crest and the water is moving more quickly than anticipated. Our forecasters are now expecting the Assiniboine River to crest in Brandon tomorrow, and Portage la Prairie Tuesday. Preparations are underway for a controlled beach at Hoop and Holler Bend to reduce the high possibility of an uncontrolled breach."
Selinger says they're now working with armed forces to ensure they have enough resources in place, at the right time, to handle the coming water.
"We've updated the Canadian forces with these new projections and the need for more resources, more quickly. In the last hour I've spoken to officials in the affected municipalities. Our priority remains the safety of Manitobans and doing everything we can to protect homes and businesses."
RM of Portage la Prairie Reeve Kam Blight said he had some concerns about a deliberate breach earlier in the day, but hoped it wouldn't come to that. The Hoop and Holler Bend was also the site of a controlled breach in 2011.
Assistant Deputy Minister for Manitoba's Emergency Measures Organization Lee Spencer says they're now working to prepare those in the area for the breach.
"We'll be distributing the inundation maps this evening to those municipal government to help them begin notifying those people in the inundation zone of the fact that they'll need some flood protection. With the army arriving, and with this additional workload, beyond just preparing for 18,000 on the river, we expect provincial works to begin to help those people protect their property as early as tomorrow."
The province notes they'll be looking at what they've learned from the flood of 2011 to help prevent similar challenges this year.
Water just off the 227 Highway Detour
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